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Insight: Dave Brubeck / Marcos Breton / Seasonal Foods / "As You Like It" / Beth Duncan

Published December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck - Dave Brubeck, a pianist and composer whose distinctive mixture of experimentation and accessibility made him one of the most popular jazz musicians of the 1950s and '60s, died this morning in Norwalk, Conn. He would have turned 92 on Thursday. We're joined by Simon Rowe, director of the Brubeck Institute at UOP in remembrance of his legacy.

Marcos Breton - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has seen a surprising shift in support on the City Council with the election of two new representatives. One man who's been paying close attention to this and other happenings in the area is Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton, who joins us at the start of each month. You can find his columns in the Bee's Our Region section every Wednesday and Sunday.

Seasonal Foods - 'Tis the time for Christmas music and holiday cheer, but what seasonal foods should be on our tables? Owner of Hook & Ladder Co. Kimio Bazett, and Ella Dining Room & Bar Executive Chef Michael Thiemann join us to talk about seasonal foods for your table.

"As You Like It" - You might think a high school play wouldn't be possible without carpenters, lighting specialists, and a director. And you'd be right. But you'd be wrong if you thought all these roles couldn't be filled by students. For the first time ever, CK McClatchy High School is turning over all aspects of its fall production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" to the students. We'll speak with student director Will Block - who also adapted the play, designed the sets, cast the actors, and arranged the music - and McClatchy Drama Instructor Patrick Stratton, who is advising the students.

Beth Duncan - Sacramento jazz vocalist Beth Duncan has just released an album of original songs and covers of old jazz favorites from as early as 1928. "Comes the Fall" evolved over three years, features nine musicians and has been giving Diana Krall a run for her money on College Media Journal's Top 40 Jazz chart.


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